Esophageal Etiologies of Dysphagia: A Guide for SLPs Patients referred to speech-language pathologists (SLPs) for dysphagia often have a primary esophageal etiology for their dysphagia. This is likely in part due to referring providers’ limited experience in distinguishing esophageal dys-phagia from oropharyngeal dysph-agia, but even expert otolaryn-gologists, gastroenterologists, and SLPs need assistance from each other in complicated ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 2007
Esophageal Etiologies of Dysphagia: A Guide for SLPs
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  • Joel H. Rubenstein
    Division of Gastroenterology University of Michigan Medical School and the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Research Article   |   December 01, 2007
Esophageal Etiologies of Dysphagia: A Guide for SLPs
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2007, Vol. 16, 1-6. doi:10.1044/sasd16.4.1
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2007, Vol. 16, 1-6. doi:10.1044/sasd16.4.1
Patients referred to speech-language pathologists (SLPs) for dysphagia often have a primary esophageal etiology for their dysphagia. This is likely in part due to referring providers’ limited experience in distinguishing esophageal dys-phagia from oropharyngeal dysph-agia, but even expert otolaryn-gologists, gastroenterologists, and SLPs need assistance from each other in complicated cases for excluding etiologies from each other’s domain of expertise. Furthermore, SLPs may discover hesitancy in the initiation of the swallow or discover repetitive swallows, behaviors that may be due to poor esophageal clearance of the bolus. The aim of this overview is to familiarize SLPs with the esophageal physiology of the swallowing mechanism, the common and classic esophageal etiologies of dysphagia, the diagnostic modalities, and indications for referral.
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